For only the second time since it's been estimating the totals, Fidelity Investments reported recently that the average projected cost of health care expenses for retirees has gone down. A 65-year-old couple exiting the workforce in 2013 is estimated to need $220,000 to cover health care costs throughout their retirement, an 8% decrease from last year's $240,000.

Fidelity Benefits Consulting, which has calculated the estimates since 2002, doesn't include nursing home costs in its projections, which apply to retirees with traditional Medicare insurance coverage.

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